God is in the business of conforming us to look more and more like Jesus (Romans 8:29). Many times this comes at the cost of revealing an idol in our hearts. In my life, ministry success is the ugly idol that keeps raising its head. No matter how little or much success happens, I want more. So when I came across Ben Stuart’s article, “Fighting the Tyranny of Ministry Success“, God used it to sand down this rough edge of my life again.
Ben Stuart gives us three ways to fight the ministry idol in our lives:
1. Repent. Confess to God the wickedness in your heart. Declare to him your desire to distance yourself from any kind of self-exalting motives. His forgiveness comes rushing in when we humble ourselves.
2. Love the sheep. Embrace the people that he’s put in front of you. Don’t envy someone else’s sheep. Care for yours. Know well the condition of your flocks and give attention to your herds (Proverbs 27:23).
3. Enjoy the sweet peace that accompanies the knowledge that we are doing work that pleases our Chief Shepherd. I promise, this is where true, lasting peace is found.
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